DUNEDIN — For seven innings, a pitcher's duel unfolded between East Lake's Zach Gordon and St. Petersburg Catholic's Justin Tedder in the semifinals of the Dunedin Spring Invitational.
Gordon had the better result.
He was economical and nearly untouchable Thursday night, allowing four hits and striking out eight in a 2-0 victory.
"I knew it could be a battle between the pitchers," Gordon said. "We were both throwing well. I was able to throw all three of my pitches and had enough runs to give some wiggle room."
Will Fulmer, who reached on a walk in the second inning, scored the winning run on a throwing error. The Eagles (12-3) added another run on a home run by Steven Croyle in the fifth.
The biggest scoring threat the Barons had came in the fourth inning when they had the bases loaded with no outs. Gordon got out of the jam by inducing two straight batters to ground out, the last one producing a double play.
"We didn't get a lot of timely hits," East Lake coach Mike White said. "What we had was effective pitching. Zach was able to get a lot of groundballs and let the defense do the work."
The Eagles will play the Clearwater Central Catholic-Dunedin winner in the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dunedin Stadium.
"Our goal was to get to the final," Gordon said. "We would like to play Dunedin, only because their our rival and we've never beaten them in our four years at the school."
Countryside 6, Tampa Catholic 5: On Tuesday, the Cougars jumped out to a four-run lead only to watch it evaporate in a loss to East Lake.
On Thursday, Countryside scored six runs in the first inning. This time, the Cougars were able to hang on to hand the Crusaders their second loss in as many days.
In the first inning, Countryside sent 11 batters up and had six hits, including doubles by Stephen Tsagaris and Brendon Stevens.
St. Petersburg 4, Pinellas Park 2: Adam Graves hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Green Devils win their second game of the tournament. Dylan Benedict and Tyler Moll each had two hits for St. Petersburg.
PHU 15, River Ridge 10: The Hurricanes had their best offensive performance of the tournament with Zac Johnson, Maxwell Cameron, Kenneth Keenan and Matthew Kizer each getting at least two hits. Johnson and Kizer also combined for seven RBIs.
Tarpon Springs 13, Tallahassee Maclay 3: The Spongers' bats did the most damage in the rout. Matt Freburg was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Tommy Grill, Chris Ruggiero and Caleb Koulianos also had two hits each for Tarpon Springs.